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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

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Teen finally jailed after repeated car theft; Wyoming, Livingston, Genesee

A Caledonia teenager was arraigned in Wyoming County Court Thursday on a four-count indictment for allegedly stealing a car in July, one of numerous car thefts across a three-county area during the summer..

The arraignment came four days after Joshua J. Sumeriski, 18, allegedly stole yet another car, this one from a residence in Caledonia. Sumeriski entered a not guilty plea Thursday to two counts of grand larceny and two counts of criminal possession of stolen property. Judge Michael Mohun committed him to Wyoming County Jail.

Sumeriski had been free, despite numerous charges against him for a string of car thefts, with judges citing the state’s bail reform laws as a reason for his freedom. Sumeriski was first charged on Sept. 13 in connection with thefts in Livingston, Genesee and Wyoming counties.

He is accused of stealing a car from a business in Caledonia June 15, from a business in Batavia July 10, from a residence in York on July 11 and from a residence in Castile July 21. The cars were recovered in Cattaraugus County, York, Batavia and Geneseo. Sumeriski was determined to be eligible for release on his own recognizance after his arrest.

On Oct. 7, police say, he stole a car from a driveway on LeRoy-Caledonia Road. He was arrested three days later and charged in Livingston County with third-degree grand larceny four counts of fourth-degree grand larceny because the car contained credit and gift cards, third-degree grand larceny and one count of petit larceny.

The car was located in Geneseo.

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